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Scientists trying to eradicate the insect which spreads sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa, have found that the tsetse fly has a weakness for the colour blue - and it could be the key to making the disease disappear. The waters of the River Anyau in northern Uganda appear beautiful in the afternoon sun, while children play in the shallow...

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A baby's first breath could easily be taken for granted. But according to the World Health Organization, each year close to a million newborns die because they struggle to breathe. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries where resuscitation machines are very expensive. However, a device is being developed that could save more of these...

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There is a shortage of talking therapy available to people with mental health problems. But Lord Darzi, a former Labour health minister and the current executive chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) suggests mobile technology could be used to help fill the gap. In the UK, one in four people will experience a mental health problem...

Police have said so for years and now scientists have measured the effect: Mass shootings and school attacks do inspire copycats. As many as 20 to 30 percent of attacks are set off by other attacks, according to researchers at Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The effect lasts about 13 days, they write in...

More Americans are dying from cancer, but it's because the population is growing, researchers reported Thursday. The actual risk is falling. The number of deaths will rise most among black women: 10 percent from 2007 to 2020, according to projections from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number will also...

The Food and Drug Administration says it's taking a closer look at the safety of giving codeine to kids as a cough suppressant. The agency says it's acting after the European Medicines Agency issued a new advisory saying codeine should not be used at all for colds and coughs in children under 12. "We...

More than 6 million Americans who stood to lose federal help in paying for health insurance got a break on Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld one of the most important provisions of Obamacare: the federal subsidies. The Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the subsidies, one of the main provisions of so-called...

The administrator of a Georgia jail where a young man died — allegedly after being Tasered and handcuffed to a restraint chair during a bipolar episode — has retired amid plans for an outside review of procedures. The shakeup comes two weeks after nine Chatham County deputies were fired in connection with the January death of...

Americans have become even fatter than before, with nearly 28 percent saying they are clinically obese, a new survey finds. More than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, but the new Gallup-Healthways poll shows a record number are tilting the scales from merely overweight into the medically dangerous obese category. "Mississippi had...

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